I had hoped that we would host the Memorial Day Service, but the weather was uncooperative. For the safety of our guests and participants, it just seemed the best option was to cancel. This was not an easy decision, but one that had to be made. I am thankful for Mike and his insight in assisting with this decision. Surely Veterans Day will be better.
On to better news! The Oklahoma Legislature passed HB2944, which authorizes raising funds for a new museum building. The governor signed the legislation on 25 May. Funding was approved at $45 million for the bond. There are many decisions to be made and a lot of work to be done. However, this funding is a significant piece of the puzzle.
I will have lots of information to share in the future, but for now, let me say we have the opportunity to build on our already stellar reputation as a premier military museum in the country. I know that we will find new and improved ways to represent the history of the 45th Infantry Division and tell a more complete overview of the Oklahoma Army and Air National Guard. The National Guard serves in so many ways at the state and federal levels.
I am humbled to help preserve this history.—Denise